Public Health Student Association

VCU School of Population Health


About Us

The purpose of the Public Health Student Association (PHSA) is to further the mission of the VCU School of Population Health. The PHSA wishes to expand upon the mission of the VCU School of Population Health by fostering fellowship, promoting professional development, engaging in activities that assist in academic success, and being of service to the greater community. Our association aims to provide experiential learning, service work opportunities, professional development, social events, networking events, and academic assistance to current MPH/PhD students in the VCU School of Population Health Department of Epidemiology.

What is Public Health?

Public health is the collective pursuit of optimal well- being for all, emphasizing prevention and wellness. At its core, it safeguards and enhances the health of communities through organized efforts, informed policies, and community engagement. From disease prevention and health promotion to addressing social drivers of health, public health is a dynamic field dedicated to creating conditions that empower individuals and communities to lead healthier lives.

Data & Research

Data and research in public health drive informed decisions. Through systematic analysis, trends, and patterns emerge, guiding effective interventions. Rigorous studies enhance our understanding of health disparities and shape evidence- based policies. In this dynamic intersection, information becomes a a catalyst for healthier communities. Data and research in public health form a dynamic duo, driving evidence- based strategies that propel communities toward a healthier future.

Programming & Intervention

Programming in public health involves designing strategic initiatives to address health issues, utilizing data- driven approaches. Interventions are targeted actions implemented to promote health, prevent disease, and improve community well- being. These initiatives often include education, vaccination campaigns, and policy changes. Through effective programming and interventions, public health strives to create lasting positive impacts on populations.

Community Engagement & Collaboration

Community engagement in public health fosters active involvement, ensuring diverse voices shape health initiative. Collaboration amplifies impact by uniting stakeholders, pooling resources, and leveraging collective expertise. Together, they form a powerful partnership, creating sustainable solutions that address community needs and promote lasting well- being. In essence, it's a shared commitment to building healthier, stronger societies.


The VCU Master of Public Health Program is a fully accredited program by the standards of CEPH, offering concentrations in epidemiology, applied public health, and cancer health equity. The program also offers dual degrees of MD/MPH, MSW/MPH, and PharmD/MPH.

This organization does not restrict membership based on race, color, religion, national origin (including ethnicity), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), parenting status, marital status, political affiliation, military status (including veteran status), genetic information (including family medical history), sexual orientation, gender identify, gender expression, or disability. All VCU students who support the mission of our organization are welcome to participate in programs and events.


Public Health Student Association

907 Floyd Avenue
Richmond VA 23284
United States